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he'll hold town hall meetings in illinois. yesterday in iowa, the president met with business owners and farmers and asked them for ideas on how to get the economy moving again. >> the president's tour wraps up as several presidential candidates prepare to attend events in new hampshire. joel brown has more. >> reporter: president obama will get to reach out to voters today in his home state of illinois. he'll hold back to back town hall meetings on the final stop of his three state bus tour. >> i hope that i can count on you in the days ahead to lend your voice to this fight to strengthen our economy. >> the president continued pushing his economic message in iowa tuesday. he asked local business owners and farmers for their ideas. while also trying to reassure them. >> we can put country ahead of party. i know that our future is bright. i know that our best days are ahead of us. >> but the president wasn't the only one trying to woo iowa. just a few miles away, texas governor rick perry pulled in
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on a bus of his own. >> our nation can't afford another four years of the rising unemployment, the rising taxes, the rising debt. >> with the economy being the top priority for most voters, perry is campaigning on his record of creating jobs in his home state. >> we have tried two and a half years of government, creating jobs. it is time to let the private sector create the jobs that will create the wealth. >> the texas governor has been in the race for less than a week. still at least one poll already shows him ahead in the g.o.p. field. he'll try to keep the momentum going in new hampshire but he'll have company. ron paul and mitt romney will be making the rounds in a state that's home to the nation's first presidential primary. joel brown, cbs news. >> michele bachmann will be attending a private fund-raiser in north carolina. here's a look at some of the things that will be making
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news today. british police will be smashing down doors, arresting and charging suspected rioters and looters. >> one includes a 16-year-old boy charged with the murder of a 68-year-old retiree. richard bose was trying to put out a fire when he was dragged to the ground punched repeatedly in the head. british prime minister david cameron called the riots a wakeup call to the country. >> we will review every aspect of our work to mend our broken society, our schools, welfare, families, parents, addiction, community, on the cultural legal bureaucratic problems in our society, too, from the twisting misrepresenting of human rights that has undermined personal responsibility to the health and safety that has eroded people's willingness to act according to common sense. >> as bad as it was, british police say thieves and thugs intended to do more damage. they intercepted twitter messages saying they were
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targeting 2012 olympic sites and major shopping centers. more than 3,000 people have been arrested across britain, half of them in london. students in joplin, missouri, will return to school today. classes are resuming less than three months after deadly tornado tore through the city. the twister killed 160 people and destroyed several of joplin's school buildings. a former virginia high school soccer coach accused of sexually assaulting two girls has now been indicted. the freelance star newspaper reports steven bouwers jr. used to coach the orange high school girls team. it involves two girls, neither of which played soccer for bowers. he's now free on bond. as many as six security guards at d.c.'s federal courthouse are under investigation for accepting baseballs signed by roger clemens. this allegedly happened when clemens was at the courthouse for his perjury trial. the u.s. marshal service says
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up to six baseballs were given to one guard by clemens. investigators say that guard gave the baseballs to four or five others. guards are not allowed to accept gifts from criminal defendants. a source tells "the washington post" they could lose their jobs depending upon what the investigation showed. lawyers for albert haynesworth claim a witness was offered $50,000 to testify against the defensive lineman. hanes sweert accused of groping a waitress' breasts at the w hotel in february. scott bolden, his attorney, says new court papers shows the witness was offered the money by a man introduced as the waitress' lawyer but bolden claims the man is not her attorney. a spokesman for the u.s. prosecutor's office say they're looking into these allegations. a national study on child welfare says nevada has the highest rate of children whose parents are unemployed or underemployed. the study from the nekc foundation says child poverty increased in 38 states from
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2000 to 2009. the study says 14.7 million children were considered living below the poverty level which is roughly 2.5 million of an increase since 2000. the best date regarding children in that respect, new hampshire. a water balloon prank caused some serious damage in pentagon city. >> the balloon exploded in the windshield. >> cesar santa maria was leaving a parking garage at pentagon city mall with his family when a water balloon came crashing down on their van, smashing the windshield. his wife was sitting in the front passenger seat and glass shattered all over her. some of the glass landed on his 7-year-old son in the backseat. >> i think they were just trying to find something to do that they don't know that they can kill somebody. >> the general manager of the fashion center at pentagon city said he's never heard of this happening there before. we have new details on next
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week's big opening at the martin luther king jr. memorial at the tidal basin. crews will remove the fencing. you can finally visit the new memorial. guided tour will start from 8:00 a.m. and go until 10:00 p.m. the official dedication is one week from this sunday and the president will be there. metro will open early, 5:00 a.m. to handle the large crowd expected. our time is 4:36. at 4:40, northern virginia is home to some of the wealthiest people in our region and in the entire country. >> at 4:51, one local community is looking at environmentally friendly ways to deal with an ever-growing problem of traffic. >> we're back with your weather first in two minutes. you're watching 9news now.
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we'll be pushing the 90 degree mark. maybe 19 in a couple of spots with low humidity levels. south wind also at 5 to 10 miles per hour. we'll talk about some rain coming before the week is out. here's angie now with timesaver traffic. >> thank you so much, howard. we're taking a live look at interstate 270 in maryland making the southbound trip. so far, so good out of urbana, past 109, obviously still got our lanes wide open. we're taking a look at 66 in virginia early at 4:48. back to you. it is 4:39 and time for the first "your money" report of the morning. >> here's jessica. >> good morning, everybody. >> good morning. >> the nation's number three
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credit rating agency says the u.s. has top-notch credit. >> what's the problem? >> fitch rating has reaffirmed the aaa credit rating which contradicts s&p's recent downgrade of u.s. debt. the deal reached to raise the debt ceiling was "a significant, positive development." fitch says the nation's public finances are on a sustainable path. the news, not good enough to keep the rally on wall street going for a fourth straight day. the dow standing this morning at 11,405, dropped 76 points in trading yesterday. the nasdaq fell by 31 points and the s&p 500 was down by almost 12 points. french and german leaders want to create a collective government to help deal with the financial crisis in europe. the french president and the german chancellor want all 17 countries that use the euro to you on a flight under a single economic government. the euro zone government would be led by the european union president. it would also require member countries to have a balanced
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budget. the proposal comes as concerns about europe's economy continue to grow. great falls, virginia, tops the list when it comes to families rolling in the dough. "money" magazine says the city has the highest median income in the country. check this out. 367,660 dollars. potomac, maryland, comes in 13th and tysons corner ranks 25th. leesburg is fourth on the rankings of the best places to live overall. you can see the whole list at wusa9.com. we're high up there, guys. >> is that tech companies? is that what they attribute some of it to? >> leesburg because of the tech companies. but in terms of potomac, great falls, making lots of money. making lots and lots. >> flat out money. >> all living next to each other. >> they all live together. >> thanks, jess. >> sure. >> an illness caused by a microscopic bug claims the life of a young boy.
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>> the transportation security administration begins its new question-led screening process.
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hello and welcome back to 9news now. it is wednesday, we're halfway
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through -- more than halfway through the week. and howard is here to say this is going to be a great day. >> this is the day to get outside and enjoy. take advantage of the lower humidity levels. the sunshine. and in some cases in west virginia, the last day of summer vacation. can't believe -- those folks out west, too, they get so many snow days out there. maybe that's why they start tomorrow. let's get you moving this morning. we have a nice day ahead with sunny skies. temperatures will be into the mid-70s by 8:00. still might be holding on to a few 60s in the 'burbs. winds will turn to the south at 4 miles per hour. this afternoon, 89 at 4:00 p.m. a dry 89. a dry heat if you will. at 8:00 tonight, clear skies. 83. overnight, clouds will move in. by tomorrow morning, we'll have a much different atmosphere in place. today, best of the week. grab the sunglasses, the sunscreen, also if you're going to be outside. unsettled weather moves in tomorrow with showers and storms and it looks like we'll
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have some showers and storms for friday as well. it should be gone by the weekend. sign of the drier air that's moved in. you can see the lower dew points in pennsylvania, west virginia, western maryland. down in the 50s. still a little bit on the sticky side. where the air is drier, it is also cooler. upper 60s in cumberland. tappahannock airport, 64. no real fog around but out west, there may be one or two patches developed in the next hour or so. easton, 56. here in town, the warmer waters of the potomac keeping reagan national at 74 degrees with calm winds and the dew point sitting in the mid-60s right now. now, nationally, the next thing we're going to watch is this storm system. this is a classic storm here. moving across southern canada bringing this cold front down across parts of the midwest with the showers and storms in wisconsin down through iowa, back to kansas. and this front, as it gets toward us, it is going to kind of slow down a little bit and have a tough time getting
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through. right now, we have high pressure in control. giving us a great wednesday as that leaves, the winds turn to the south. that will feed moisture into this front. we're fine this evening. overnight, that's when things start to change. by tomorrow morning, look in the mountains and up in pennsylvania. scattered showers start to break out. this front starts to creep eastward here. by thursday, midday now, we've got showers and storms along the mountains and they're going to move toward the east. anywhere really from the metro- north and west, better chance of seeing showers and storms down through the northern neck or southern maryland, you may be a little drier than the rest of us on thursday afternoon. with this front still in the neighborhood on friday, that means we're still going to see more showers and storms pop up then as well. today's highs will range from the upper 80s, 87 in hagerstown and 85 in annapolis. to 91 in manassas. 90 in fredericksburg. 90 here in d.c. tonight as that moisture starts to return, we're looking at lows from the upper 60s to the low 70s. the good news is this should
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all be gone by the weekend. so, unlike last weekend, we're into showers and storms. this weekend is looking better. today, very warm. not humid. 90. tomorrow, scattered showers and storms. 85. about the same on friday. if we end up with more clouds, even 85 will be a struggle. the seven-day forecast, we're going to be done with this stuff late friday. so, saturday looking a lot better. high around 90. sunday looks hot. 93 if not hotter on sunday. next front comes through monday with showers and storms, highs around 90. tuesday, breezy and cooler. highs by tuesday back in the low 80s. looking good today. how about our traffic, angie goff? what's happening? >> not so great driving in this morning. as far as traffic, i've got pretty nice traffic report to match. green light stays on. dealing with some construction probably with the next 15, 20 minutes. 66 going westbound, watch for it along the nutley exit. over the inner loop at 395, of
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course this is the on-going construction near that area where they are being forced to exit off on edsal. head southbound and they're able to access that inner loop once again. 395 going northbound past duke street, construction is clearing away. the inner loop at connecticut avenue, roadwork zone is clear. good news there and 95 as we go to the map, this is going southbound. 198 and near 212, that should be clearing i would say in the next 15 minutes or so. still ahead, a look at 95. this time in virginia. that's coming up at 4:56. now back to andrea and mike. >> if your commute includes sherman avenue and northwest d.c., we have a heads up for you. ddot will shift traffic between barry place and fairmont street. the work is part of the streetscape project and the road is going to be reduced to a single lane in each direction. construction is going to last
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eight months. be ready to answer a few questions the next time you fly, especially out of boston. tsa has started its new security procedures. passengers are asked a series of questions before they head through the metal-detectors. agents aren't actually listening to your answers. instead, they're watching your behavior. anything out of the norm could land you even more screening. right now, it is only being used in boston's logan airport. passengers there say they've noticed a longer wait because of it. >> i don't mind but like when it is like this, it takes more time. it is not very convenient. >> it seems a little bit extreme. i don't quite understand why there's that push to be more extreme when the times don't seem to indicate the need for that. >> the tsa says the procedure enhances security because it doesn't just rely on technology. the program is right now in it 60-day pilot stage. if it works, it could be expanded to other airports.
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>> virginia health officials say a child has died of a rare brain infection linked to a microscopic bug which lives in stagnant water. the 9-year-old boy lived in hen weichco county. this is the first of its kind since 1969. child's mother said her son had attended a fishing day camp the week before he died. >> it causes brain infections and infections of the sack that surrounds the brain which is called meningitis. >> virginia health officials have issued an advisory. they recommend using nose plugs and keeping your face out of water as much as possible. they say the amoeba proliferates in stagnant fresh water lakes. >> four out of five of the largest tobacco companies have filed a lawsuit against the federal government. the suit concerns those new graphic health warning requirements on the tobacco packaging. representatives from r.j.
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reynolds say the warnings no longer convey the health facts. they say the labels are part an antismoking advocacy campaign. they're calling in a judge to stop the labels. former tv talk show host montel williams is continuing his fight to legalize medical marijuana. williams is part of a nonprofit group trying to get a license from d.c. to operate a medical marijuana facility. williams has multiple sclerosis and has been it an advocate for medical marijuana use for awhile now. >> falls church, virginia, will begin charging residents who need extra trash hauled away. if you live in a single family detached home and your trash won't sit in the city provided cart, you will have to place a sticker on each extra bag of trash. you can buy them at city hall, brown's hardware and the giant on broad street in falls church. stickers cost $1 each. these days, it seems as if you spot deer just about anywhere in fairfax county. last night, the county held a public meeting on how to
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control the deer population. a survey shows two out of three residents support efforts to decrease their number over concerns about collisions with cars. montgomery county wants more people to leave the cars at home. and start pedaling instead. the plan is to create a bike share program similar to the one you see around d.c. 20 rental stations could be available within a year. metro stops in rockville town center would be likely spots for the bike stations. plans to build a national slavery museum have hit a wall now. city treasurer haynie says the group trying to build the museum missed a deadline to pay more than $215,000 in back taxes. so, now the city is planning to sell the land instead. former virginia governor doug wilder announced plans for the museum back in 2001 but the taxes on the property haven't been paid since 2008. it is time to look at the question of the morning. >> according to the food network, what is the world's
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winds will turn to the south at 5 to 10. 11:00, 83. 1:00, 88. this afternoon, we'll flirt with the 90 degree mark. with the dry air, it will feel pretty good out there. even late this afternoon, 5:00 p.m., coming home. don't forget the shades. angie? >> good advice there, howard. right now, we're tracking northbound trip on 95 in virginia. so far, so good as drivers make their way past this point past the springfield interchange. still ahead, a look around the region early on this wednesday morning coming up in my next timesaver traffic report. back to you. the town of urbana in frederick county, maryland is using goats to battle weeds. town officials have decided to use goats because it is a more ecofriendly alternative to herbicide. the area is overrun with poison ivy and japanese honeysuckle and several other kinds of invasive plants. >> most of the invasive species that are common in the area are here and they're choking out the understory of the forest
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retention area. so, it is really difficult to get in there by hand and clear it out. >> the area being mowed is roughly five acres along sugarloaf parkway. as we've reported, it is restaurant week but that's not the only fun event going on in d.c. it is the third annual d.c. beer week, too. good time. the event offers up more than 170 tasting events around town. there are also classes on how to brew your own beer and which beers go best with various foods. who knew. d.c. behr week runs through 5:00 p.m. on sunday. clears. a new place to grab a burger with that beer if you like. in d.c., bobby flay, the acclaimed chef, you've seen him on the network, he has cookbooks, television shows. the restaurant is located 21st and k in downtown washington. flay is offering up to ten signature burgers including the philadelphia burger has provolone cheese on it and griddled onions and hot peppers. the santa fe burger.
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pickled with jalapenos and blue corn chips. that sounds fun. >> i'm hungry. >> me, too. >> right around the corner from my husband's office. sci-fi fans are flocking to baltimore for comic-con 2011. >> the convention is expected to include a living legend. >> reporter: the crowds will be big. many will be in costume. it is time for baltimore comic- con 2011. >> the show itself, the convention starts on saturday. >> convention founder mark nathan is the owner of cards, comics and collectibles in reisterstown where comic books are king. >> people love these characters and it is just exploding. any convention all across the country that's run well is -- their attendance is huge. >> the legendary sam lee will be there. the walt disney of comics helped create spider-man, captain america, x-man and thor
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and many more. >> rarely comes to the east coast. he's coming to baltimore. he will be there both days and he is an exciting guy. >> you might see a few spider- mans in downtown baltimore. the costume contest is saturday afternoon. >> a parade, if you will, before there is a contest where people are all over the place in costume. i think they work on the costumes almost all year long. they can't wait for this. >> just like san diego, baltimore comic-con is getting bigger. and better. >> pushing 20,000 people coming to the baltimore convention center. and this weekend, judging from our advance sales and the buzz that we've created with stan lee, it could be a lot more. >> ron matt. >> that was ron matz reporting. what was it? spider-man coming to town? thank you forwatching 9news now at 5:00 a.m. i'm andrea roane. >> i'm mike hydeck. here's angie goff with traffic in a moment. and mr. howard bernstein. >> super mike. >> i'll take it.

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